My Library Learning Commons

I used Canva for this infographic. I didn’t like the colour options for the one I chose, but I really needed that layout with 10 spots, so I custom chose my colours.  This seems to have made it so that I cannot ‘share’ the link.  It mentions that there is something about mine that makes mine un-sharable.  I will include the visual below, and the link just in case the link works.

My audience is teachers for this infographic.  Ideally, I think I would make it into a poster to place in common areas where it would catch a teacher’s eye and remind them that I am there for them.  In the future, I would want to make something similar for students, but simpler.

To view this picture larger, right click and choose ‘view image’.


Here is the link.  I don’t think it will work this time.


After reading some feedback, there were some things I could change and some things I couldn’t.  One thing I have done is added the logo with new colours that would go with the infographic.  It is just below.

mylearning commons graphic with clear logo

Here is another version (after hearing some feedback) where I have combined the top images and made my logo bigger at the bottom.

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Media Arts in the Library

This module of the course has been a whirl wind of a learning curve.  With the exception of the tiniest bit of iMovie familiarity (which I didn’t use, regretfully), everything was new.  Green Screen software, Podcasting, Video Editing,  Screencasting, good tips for taking good video recordings, Storyboarding, Soundbooths, were all explored.  There was a lot of frustration along the way, but it also opened the door to new possibilities.  Without this course, I may have tried one or two of these things, but this forced me to dive in to many aspects of media arts.

Media Art is so exciting for students.  The new way of teaching is all about students showing us what they learned the way that they want to demonstrate that, rather than us telling them the end result that we would like to see.  The more ways we teach them to express their learning, the more choice they have.

Integrating media arts into our teaching helps us to move up the SAMR model to redefine tasks and transform learning.

Here is the updated Linoit Board that includes a section for the Library Redesign called Media Arts for the Library.

Right click the image and choose view image to see it larger, or click on the link here.

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Updating the Plan

Our Library Learning Commons was recently renovated to address the needs of being a ‘future-ready-library”.  The process of considering what needs to be in the library, what doesn’t need to be in the library, and what possibilities are in store for the library were all considered in making those choices.

When I interviewed my staff regarding how the library is used and what they need from their LLC, physical layout changes were not at the fore front.  We have wheeled furniture.  We have different kinds of seating.  We have storage.  We have open areas.  The circulation desk oversees all areas of the library.  We have quiet spaces.  The desires of the staff revolved around things we don’t have and things we have been discussing that we would like to have such as a portable maker-configuration, specifically.  So, my design challenge was not about redesigning the whole library.  That already happened.  My design challenge was-

Create a maker-configuration that is a portable treasure trove of engaging, hands-on materials and tools, providing meaningful exploration of ADST through design thinking for teacher and students.

What this means is that my photos don’t illustrate the possibilities for a library redesign, but rather they illustrate smaller changes we can make to enhance the redesign that already occurred.

The photos illustrate:

  • ways to create more seating to have a second class in the library
  • ways to have kids exploring with things like Lego, but with ease of clean up and lots of room for many kids to create at once
  • ways to have kids creating together
  • maker technologies that we should have in our library and for which we should make space
  • ways to create a mobile make configuration
  • robotics and coding to integrate into the curriculum
  • tools to make our portable maker-configuration a reality

The photos and write-ups are separated into the four points that need to be supported:

  • the current desired role of the library
  • the curriculum drivers to consider
  • the physical layout considerations
  • communication needs: student to student; teacher to student; presentation, etc.

The image below represents the updated portion of my Design Challenge plan.  You can right click on the image and choose ‘view image’, or you can visit the link, here.  If you visit the link, you may need to scroll down to see the additions made.

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My Learning Environment Now

This is the way my renovated Library Learning Commons looks right now.  It is well on its way to being future-ready, but it still has a long way to go.

I got a hold of an iPad for this, so that I could try out Paper 53.  Since we have iPads at school, I thought this would be a great chance to vet this app.

Even though I have a stylus pen, I still found the writing a challenge.  Of course, I was going to print, but the words looked very messy (messier than this!) and if my hand touched the screen, the whole screen would move.  Cursive is more fluid and worked better.  I would have liked the option to just add text boxes, but either that is only part of the paid version, or I am terrible at finding things.


The entrance is to the right, however, the outside entrance is used for some classes.

The three whiteboards are the three orange lines.   Two are on wheels and one is affixed to the wall.

The Book Resource Room is not technically the library, but it is attached to it.  It houses literature circle collections, home reading collections, textbooks, speakers and microphone for assemblies, and my tech cart with my iPads and laptops for the library.  There is a table in there where a few teachers like to sneak in for quiet time for their French prep (while the French teacher is in their room).  Sometimes students go in there for a quiet place to record video, etc.

The long counter on the far left is probably supposed to be a ‘maker space’ area.  On the side that faces the non-fiction shelves, there is storage space where I keep my STEM bins, puzzles, drawing items, shared supplies, and the maker-space supply boxes.  However, the counter is, at this time, used mostly for book displays or a student workspace.  It isn’t very conducive to being a maker-space area, as it is so tall that kids who are K-3 are too short to stand there to work.  Even when they are up on stools (off which, some have fallen), they can’t reach items that are up there.  When I do maker-space type activities, I tend to bring stuff out to the regular height tables.

My office is a great tiny space.  Technically, the French prep teacher also stores her resources in there.  She doesn’t work in there very often, but knows she is welcome too.  The blue areas are counters and/or counters with lower and upper cupboards.  I also have a sink!  My projector cart is located in my office.  I roll it out when I need it.  Ideally, the projector would be mounted in the ceiling in the main space.

The tables are all on wheels, but the stools and chairs are not.

Bulletin Boards are located in two spots.  One is on the back of the large rolling whiteboard.  The other is on the wall at the entrance that is outside the book resource room.

The circulation desk is almost perfectly set up.  I have a good view of everyone in the library, and can see students as they walk in during book exchange times.